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Cancer accounts for 12.5% of world deaths, greater than death due to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria put together.
By 2020, 15 million new cases of cancer are expected yearly, 70% of which will occur in developing countries.
Forecasted, 1 million cases yearly in African countries by 2020 with 500,000 expected in Nigeria alone.
Breast cancer incidence is on the rise among African women.
The second principal cause of death among African Women.
Peak age of occurrence among black women is 30 to 40 years (10 years earlier than Caucasian women).
Late presentation is the hallmark of breast cancer and other cancers among African men & women.
80% of African women present late compared to 30% in developed countries.
Presentation is so late that treatment is not beneficial.
5-year survival is 10% for Africa compared to 70% in developed countries.
There are lots of information out there on cancer prevention. However, below are the essential things that will definitely help. These when combined with routine screening and being alert to unusual occurrences in your body with prompt medical follow-up, will certainly make remarkable difference. Consider seven real-life cancer prevention tips.
1. Avoid tobacco and smoking
Using any form of tobacco product puts one at increased risk for cancer.Tobacco products and smoking (including secondhand smoking) have beenlinked to several cancers to include: breast, cervix, lung, kidney,bladder, oral including esophageal/head and neck) and pancreatic cancers.
To decrease your risk of cancer, chewing tobacco or smoking should beavoided. Staying away from those who smoke will also help. Protect ourchildren by not smoking around them will make them healthy adults.
2. Healthy Eating
Even though not guaranteed, making healthy selections at the grocerystore and at mealtime can help in make a difference in cancer prevention. It can reduce your risk of some cancers.
Exercise is a way to maintain healthy body weight in addition to healthydiet. Lack of physical activity leads to weight gain and obesity both ofwhich are risk factors of various cancers- breast, prostate, lung, colonand kidney. Exercises for 30 minutes daily should be ones daily goal.More is even better. Exercise can include running, brisk walks,bicycling, use of thread mills, dancing or aerobics are all good ways toexercise.
Some body functions are completed during sleep at night in pitchdarkness. Adequate sleep is up to 7 hours of sleep at night. The bodyrejuvenates itself and produces biochemical materials as melatonin thathelps to clean out the gut system. Good sleep pattern helps to preventobesity, ensures balance in body metabolic activity that could reduce the risk of colon cancers and increases the benefit of exercise in the body. that helps to
5. Protect your skin and avoid melanoma/other skin cancers
Skin cancer is one of the most common and most preventable type of cancer. Skin care is even most important for albinos and red headedpeople. Avoid skin cancer with these practices:
Avoid midday sun. Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Stay in the shade. When you’re outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible. Sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat help, too.
Cover exposed areas. Wear tightly woven, loose fitting clothing thatcovers as much of your skin as possible. Opt for bright or dark colors,which reflect more ultraviolet radiation than pastels or bleached cotton.
Don’t skip on sunscreen. Use generous amounts of sunscreen when you’reoutdoors, and reapply often.
Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. These are just as damaging as naturalsunlight.
6. Get immunized
Cancer prevention includes protection from certain viral infectionsthrough immunization. Talk to your doctor about immunization against:
7. Avoid risky behaviors
Another effective cancer prevention tactic is to avoid risky behaviorsthat can lead to infections that are capable of increasing the risk ofcancer such asPractice safe sex. Limit your number of sexual partners, and use a condom when you do have sex. The more sexual partners you have in your lifetime, the more likely you are to contract a sexually transmitted infection — such as HIV or HPV. People who have HIV or AIDS have a higher risk of cancer of the anus, cervix, lung and immune system. HPV is most often associated with cervical cancer, but it may also increase the risk of cancer of the anus, penis, throat, vulva and vagina. Anal sex can also increase risk of rectal cancers.
Don’t share needles. Sharing needles with an infected drug user canlead to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. These can in turn increase therisk of liver cancer. Sharing needles while obtaining tattoos is also arisky behavior. You can contract any of the mentioned diseases by sharing tattooing needles with an infected person. If you must get a tattoo, get it from a tattoo shop or saloon that is known to sterilize their equipments. If you’re concerned about drug abuse or addiction, seek professional help.
8. Take early detection seriously
Regular self-exams and professional screening for various types ofcancers — such as cancer of the skin, colon, prostate, cervix and breast— can increase your chances of discovering cancer early, when treatmentis most likely to be successful. Early detection is key to survival. When you have family history of various cancers, talk to your doctor. You may need more frequent surveillance. Ask your doctor about the best cancer screening schedule for you. If you have family history of pancreatic cancer, be mindful of alcohol use. It can increase your risk. If a diabetic, pay attention to your pancreas. There is seem to be a link that is not yet proven. Take upper abdominal pain seriously and have it checked out by your doctor.
Take cancer prevention seriously. Take prevention into your own hands, starting today. The rewards will last a lifetime.
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